Do I have to pay to park?

The early bird tickets are $20 (adults ages 18-39), and early bird children's tickets (ages 2-12) are $10 until June 30. All tickets include dinner, but lunch is not included (food trucks will be available for lunch meal purchases).

Starting July 1, general admission tickets go up to $25 plus a $2.24 processing fee, and children's tickets are $10 plus a $1.49 processing fee.

Door admission is $35 per person plus a processing fee if using a charge card.

No! Parking is free and is available at the visitor lot of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Map to come soon. 

Can I take Metro to #wydUNITE?

Yes! The Red Line takes riders to Brookland-CUA where #WYDUNITE is taking place. Note that Metro closes at Midnight. 

What time can I register or check-in?

Normal registration and check-in is from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. We ask that everyone arrive during that time. All participants are asked to register ahead of time to avoid potential long lines, though at-the-door registration will be available for $35. Late registration will be available until 5:30 p.m. 

The event will go on whether it rains or not. If it rains, then the outdoor parts of the event will be moved indoors on site at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

What if it rains? 

Can i stay overnight somewhere?

There are a number of hotels in the area that Catholic University of America recommends: click here for a list. There were a limited number of dorm rooms available on campus at the Catholic University of America, and they have been filled. Participants who registered on time for the dorm rooms will receive an email update from Shrine staff with further instructions about check-in on July 22. 

Is #wydUNITE bi-lingual? 




Yes and no. Talks will be done in English, but the opening prayer, Mass, etc. are bilingual and Spanish text will be provided for the program of the day. Every effort is being made to be multicultural from the entertainment to the speakers. Tony Melendez will be performing in both languages and one of our keynote speakers, Bishop Perez, is Hispanic and will speak from that cultural experience.

What should I bring to #wydUNITE?



Consider bringing a small backpack with hat, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. You should also bring a lawn chair and blanket for the lawn for comfort. All participants will be given pilgrim bags including an event guide, prayer resources, and other SWAG. Participants are reminded that they will need to carry with them whatever they bring except they may leave their lawn chair on the lawn, which is recommended. However, none of the hosts are responsible for any lost or stolen items, including the lawn chair.

What should I leave at home?

You will not need to bring any other large items other than a lawn-chair. Remember that anything you bring you need to carry with you the whole day.

Can I bring my kids?




Yes! Nursing children of young adult parents and children of all ages are welcome to join! Parents must be responsible for their children and teens at all times and are reminded that there are no specific activities just for them. No drop-offs of teens allowed. Please also make sure to purchase a children’s ticket for dinner for each child. We will offer babysitting for children ages 2-12 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please indicate the babysitting add-on when you are filling out the registration for your child's/children's ticket(s).

Does the Saturday Mass fulfill my Sunday obligation?

Yes! The Mass on Saturday, celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl and other bishops, fulfills the Sunday obligation.

Is lunch available?

Yes! While lunch is not included in the cost of the day, an optional lunch is available at food trucks in the parking lot at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

Please indicate your dietary restrictions when you register online, and we will contact you with more information.

Will there be alcohol at #wydUNITE?

WYD UNITE is a dry event. For those who are 21+ and wish to extend the opportunity for fellowship after WYD UNITE ends, there are restaurants across the street from Catholic University (including Brookland Pint and Busboys and Poets) that are open late on weekends.

Is the event accessible for participants with disabilities?

We are working on making this event as accessible as possible. Check back here for more details closer to the event.


What should we do in a medical emergency?

During the event if there is a medical emergency please call 911 and notify the staff or security.